Wenger will not pressurise Wilshere

by Michelle Fortune , 16 January 2013

Arsene Wenger is keen to let Jack Wilshere develop naturally without putting any unnecessary pressure on him.

Wilshere has been a key player for Arsenal since returning from a long-term injury lay-off late last year and he proved his quality with a brilliant performance in the 2-0 defeat to Manchester City on Sunday.

Despite the loss, skipper Thomas Vermaelen described the 21-year-old as 'world class' and while Wenger is in full agreement, he is worried about placing too much pressure on his shoulders.

"Of course I agree. You want a player of such a young age to give him time as well. I believe the most important thing is that he has talent and loves football. As long as he loves football, he will improve," Wenger stated.

"So let's keep that kind of important ingredient in the development of a player right, and not make them feel that they have nothing to grow for. Jack is someone who wants to improve, he has a good attitude and if he keeps that he will always continue to grow.

"He is only 21, he has only [been] back for a short period of time after 17 months out, so I believe in England the way to protect the players is to just let them develop naturally and not put too much pressure on them.

"Here, the expectation level is so high individually on players that they are not in a normal development, sometimes there is so much focus on them that I feel it is a handicap.

"Let's not set any limitations [on how good he can be]. What is important is the day he will have made his career and thinks, 'I have been as good as I could have hoped to be'."

Wenger plans to give Wilshere a rest at some stage but for now he is happy to let him play on, as long as he continues to please the medical staff at the club.

"Maybe not in this period, at some stage I will do it," Wenger said when asked if he planned to rest the England international. "At the moment I don't think he is overloaded because he just came back very recently, and you get the feeling he gets stronger.

"We have a good approach taking the physical analysis and statistical analysis between what the player feels and what the medical department thinks, and you have to come to a conclusion on that. At the moment, all these three are positives so I don't think at the moment I will rest him immediately. But it will happen." 


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